ABB India introduces next generation compact drive for HVACR systems

In response to the increasing demand for effective heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) systems in India, ABB India has unveiled its latest innovation, the ACH180 compact drive. Specifically designed for HVACR equipment, the ACH180 promises expert control over high-efficiency motors while boasting a compact design for space optimization, reduced capital expenditure, and simplified commissioning processes.

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With the current climate impact, there is a rising need for effective heating and cooling systems in India. While it is crucial that these systems have a sharp focus on boosting comfort and safety, they must also ensure energy savings, in line with the country’s ambitious plans to reduce emissions.

New Technology will Help In:

  • ABB’s new drive is designed for commercial buildings such as data centres, hotels, and shopping malls.
  • The ACH180 drive’s design will allow operators to run motors based on the HVACR process demands, rather than running them at full speed and reducing output using mechanical controls like throttles or dampers.
  • This greatly decreases energy consumption and CO₂ emissions.
  • With a built-in filter to lower high-frequency emissions, it allows the drive to be used in industrial or domestic environments without the need to buy and install additional external filters.
  • It supports the control of various motor types, including permanent magnet-assisted synchronous reluctance motors like IE5 EC Titanium by ABB, permanent magnet motors, and conventional induction motors.
  • Further, onboard communication protocols, including BACnet MS/TP and Modbus RTU, offer compatibility with a wide range of building automation systems (BAS) or OEM controllers.

The ACH180 is suitable for a wide range of HVACR applications, including air handlers, fan arrays, heat pumps, compressors, and pumps, minimizing the cost and complexity of using a drive. These drives are designed for harsh conditions such as 60°C ambient temperature with derating, making the ACH180 a better choice for customers expecting high reliability. With features like the fireman’s override which allows the fire service to take control of the installed drives controlling fans to help maintain escape routes, the new range of drives ensure high standards of safety for personnel and people.

Expert Insights:

Mr. A.R. Madhusudan, President, Drive Products, ABB India, emphasised “The launch of this new drive is a great addition to our portfolio of all-compatible drives. This also reflects our efforts to really focus on offering energy-efficient solutions to highly energy intensive industries while ensuring that the solution meets the industry-specific needs.”


With its cutting-edge features, compact design, and focus on energy efficiency, the ACH180 drive from ABB India represents a significant advancement in the HVACR sector. By addressing the dual priorities of environmental sustainability and operational efficiency, it sets a new standard for innovation in the industry.

Source: ABB- Press Release | Image Credit (representational) ABB